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Why Cycles Are An Underlooked Wellness Method

 

Cycling is a  core part of my wellness routine and even my  rituals. I apply this to my menstrual cycle, cycling foods for micro nutrients, seeds, moon  phases, detoxes  and even seasons.

 All of these aspects are core to everyday life and even self care routine. This helps me reach optimal health through mental, emotional, and spiritual outlets. I integrate cycling throughout each faucet into a routine:

Food

In terms of food I do this through intuitive eating. There are many ways in which you can cycle your foods (and seeds) to align with this mentality.

Every week I create a grocery list and a light meal plan.  I make sure there is good balance of diverse vegetables and  other plant based essentials that I can easily move around each day. This is  key to making this intuitive. What’s  essential is to stick to the model of ” what does my body truly need in this moment” and wiring the subconscious to know what foods are available to you in this moment. The idea is  to never assign these meals to specific days although by creating a light plan you put the intention in your mind to stick to your foods yet diversify the outcomes. The rest is up to my body.

I also listen to when my body is cravings or “ in the mood for” specific foods. In terms of cycling, this is extremely relevant. If I know there is a specific food I ate in my meals yesterday i prompt myself with two questions: “What is the essential nutrient I am craving?” AND “What other  foods do I have that give  the same vitamins or nutrients?” For example: If I had strawberries in my smoothie yesterday and I feel called to a berry smoothie again ..I will use acai to diversity my sources of antioxidants.

Body

It is essential to tap into our  bodily cycles, especially the female human body. The women body goes through different cycles  and hormonal patterns each month that highly influence her energy levels, foods cravings, and dietary needs. While I will speak to seed cycling in another post( it needs its own slot! trust me!), I want to encourage you to first listen to how your body feels within each cycle period:  Menstruation Folicular, Ovulation, and the Luteral phase. It is highly likely you will feel physically and emotionally  different in each phase.Before diving into seed cycling and spiritual and physical things you can do for hormones and to support these different phases, first tap into your body and feelings during each phase and see what is intuitively telling you.

Spirit

 

While I can speak to many cycles of spiritual wellness that I include in my routine, today i will touch on one and possibly the most important: Moon Cycles. Tapping into he moon phases and cycles have been on the forefront of my mind and routine recently.  Personally, I am deeply into and rooted in astrology and I apply each phase to my sun, moon, and rising sign. I use this as a  reminder and intuitive notion to prep me for the month, tasks, and possible insights the month will bring. I have been using a handbook by the Spiritual Daughter IG(@spiritualdaughter) that ask me very specific journaling prompts  to tie in with crystal healing, yoga, and meditation that I preform each New Moon & Full Moon. Using this time on each moon phase day has brought clarity to my life and mind: Specifically by bringing clarity to my mind through the yoga and meditating and then settling down to  write to these journaling prompts. I highly recommend this workbook, although this can be carried outby meditating and journaling on these core questions Monthly or on each New/Full Moon alike:

 What were my goals during the last moon phase?

 What lessons did I learn along the way?

 Who do want to be / what do I want to accomplish by the time of the next phase?

And that’s it! That’s my routines for cycling. Simple. Straight forward. Essential.

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